By Audrey Korir
You successfully made it through the employer’s CV screening process of countless applications and landed your first interview which surprisingly went well.
But weeks go by and you don’t hear back from them. You start to ask, “What went wrong?”
If this has happened to you once or twice then it could be that other candidates were a better fit for the job than you were. But if it happens repeatedly, then it means that you are probably making critical mistakes that are keeping you from landing your dream job.
Here are four reasons why you may be struggling to land the second interview;
1. You don’t prepare enough
It is one thing to have a strong CV with the right experience and skill set. But if you don’t make an effort to research the companies you’re interviewing with, you’ll give the impression that you’re not serious about the opportunity or that you’re not willing to put in the effort to get hired According to Ms. Carolyne Kariuki, a Senior Recruiter from Corporate Staffing Services coming to the first interview unprepared is an immediate red flag.
“Preparation is key. Candidates, who show up late, get anxious during the interview or those who can’t answer simple questions relating to the hiring company exhibit a lack of preparation. You must prove to the employer that you are serious about the job to avoid being disqualified”, she adds.
2. You don’t ask enough questions during your first interview
Whenever a recruiter asks “do you have any questions for me?” Please let your answer always be “YES!”
Failing to offer any questions, sends a message to the employer that you are not interested in the job or the company. You can come up with a list of questions relating to the job or company.
For example, how would you describe the leadership style in this company? What do you expect from team members in this position?
Asking these questions will lead the employer to believe that you want a shot at the job.
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3. Your Social Media Is Revealing
In this digital era, it should not come off as a surprise that an employer may decide not to hire a candidate based on what they saw online.
The way that employers see it, is that you’re going to represent them. So, if you have drunk, explicit or controversial images, videos or posts plastered on your timeline, you could give the company a bad name.
4. You don’t follow up
Believe it or not, a thank you note or email can go a long way in helping secure that second interview. At the very least, send it to the interviewer within 24 hours after the meeting. Do it via email because it is more acceptable and professional. Then follow up a few days later in case you don’t get any feedback.
If your interviews seem to be going nowhere, then making a few adjustments to your strategies on your part should be a priority, if you want to land a job.
Ready to secure that second interview?
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